Why Coeur d’Alene? A Brief History of North Idaho’s Vacation Destination

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Every summer, people flock to the inland northwest’s premier destination – Lake Coeur d’Alene. It is a favorite of many, ranging from every day families to high-class celebrities. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting, you know why. If you haven’t, you’re probably very intrigued. 

Want to learn more about Coeur d’Alene Idaho’s history and what makes it such a great vacation destination? Keep reading below!

Coeur d’Alene then

Coeur d’Alene Idaho and the surrounding area got its start in the late 18th century when french fur traders came to the area seeking to barter with the local tribes. They gave the area the name “Coeur d’Alene” meaning “heart of the awl” as a nod to the local tribe’s intense and stubborn bargaining methods.

Fast forward a hundred years and the area turned into a bustling fort, responsible for timber and mining management on the lake. This fort, called Fort Sherman, is now the local community college. 

While the area started out as a town dependent on timber and mining trades, it has since turned into an international travel destination. 

Coeur d’Alene now

In present day, Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding area has turned into more than a Fort with timber and mining business. Now, it is a favorite vacation destination among many. Not only is it known for it’s beautiful scenery, but there are also tons of things to do!


If you’re looking for some exploration, try heading downtown Coeur d’Alene. Just feet outside the Coeur d’Alene Resort, this stretch of town boasts tons of shops and restaurants to enjoy. You can find some pretty cool souvenirs here and you can eat a meal from practically any cuisine. You can also walk along the lake or take a hike up Tubbs Hill, if you’re looking for a bit more nature and adventure. 

Lake Coeur d’Alene

Hoping to catch some rays out on the water? Then Lake Coeur d’Alene is perfect for you! Considered the most beautiful lake in the northwest, this glistening getaway offers tons of water fun. You can go boating, tubing, kayaking, and more! Whatever your family is looking for, you’ll find it here.

The Golf Course

Looking to enjoy some time on the green? Coeur d’Alene offers a world class golf course with a one-of-a-kind floating green! Schedule your game today and play the best round of golf in your life, surrounded by beautiful pines and crystal blue water. 

Other activities

Are you looking for other activities for the family? Don’t worry, Coeur d’Alene has you covered. In addition to the lake, resort, and golf course, there is also the Silverwood Theme Park and tons of shops. Take the family out and explore all that north Idaho has to offer!

Resort Boat Rentals

It’s not hard to see why Coeur d’Alene Idaho is one of the best vacation destinations in the entire northwest. Wanting to visit but not sure how to explore the water without your own boat? No problem! 

At Resort Boat Rentals, we rent out pontoon boats, sport boats, paddle boards and more. Give us a call today, we’re here to help you turn your dream vacation into a reality!